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West tries to meet with Captain Jackson, who has discovered something that imperils the nation. After some difficulty, West finds the man seconds before a bomb kills him. West's only clue is the dying man's last word - "Flory" - and his concern over large amounts of coal.
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The episode opens in a warehouse strewn with all manner of items. A uniformed man, a military captain, enters and begins to study the contents. From behind a corner, an Oriental woman watches him. The man opens a wine crate; the woman lifts the glass dome from a clock and sets the hands to twenty minutes before twelve. As the captain pours himself a glass of wine, the woman starts the clock and replaces its glass dome...Read the full recap
Spikes descend on West!
Flory holding a wineglass.
Jim about to get his chimes rung on a giant gong.
Flory: You won’t have to worry about that after tomorrow, Mr. West… after tomorrow, you will be dead.
Flory: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls! It tolls for thee!
Flory: You have destroyed my dream! Can I do less than destroy you?!?
James: There just isn’t any room for Napoleons any more.
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls
This quote, used by Flory in connection with his water clock death trap, comes from a John Dunne poem. Dunne wrote the line to suggest the essential connection men have to each other, but Flory does not use it that way here. The line is quoted often because of the imagery it conjures.
James West is Señor Flory's prisoner for much of the episode. Flory devises far-fetched death traps that Jim rather easily evades. First he tries to ring Jim to death with a giant gong, and when West escapes that trap, he deliberately shoots a capsule of sleeping gas instead of Jim, to incapacitate the agent so that he may dispatch him by tying him to a locomotive. Interaction between Flory and another character suggests a strong sadistic streak, a weakness that ultimately leads to Flory's death at West's hands.